Monday, March 30, 2015

ARC Review: Food for Thought by Amy Lane

Food for Thought (Tales of the Curious Cookbook)Blurb:

  Emmett Gant was planning to tell his father something really important one Sunday morning—but his father passed away first. Now, nearly three years later, Emmett can't seem to clear up who he should be with—the girl with the apple cheeks and the awesome family, or his snarky neighbor, Keegan, who never sees his family but who makes Emmett really happy just by coming over to chat.

Emmett needs clarity.

Fortunately for Emmett, his best friend’s mom has a cookbook that promises to give Emmett insight and good food, and Emmett is intrigued. After the cookbook follows him home, Emmett and Keegan decide to make the recipe “For Clarity,” and what ensues is both very clear—and a little surprising, especially to Emmett's girlfriend. Emmett is going to have to think hard about his past and the really important thing he forgot to tell his father if he wants to get the recipe for love just right.

Todd’s rating:

I quite enjoyed this latest light, fluffy novella from Amy.

Emmett knew that he was loved growing up; however, it's one thing to know it and another to have it shown to you, regularly and with feeling.

Emmett's mother left when he was very young, so he was left to be raised by his stoic, quiet father. But children need to be shown that they're loved and feel it in their little bones, so Emmett began to gravitate toward his best friend Vinnie's family home more often than his own.

There he was shown, without a doubt, that he was loved by their entire large family, while his dad mostly watched and waited for him on their front porch next door. Showing him that he is loved, but unable to express it.

But after having his heart broken by his first boyfriend, Jordyn, his college roommate, before he could come out to his father, he's devastated and climbs back into the closet.

After college, Emmett begins dating a woman, Christine (aka "Chris-thing"), as his adorable, flaming next door neighbor, Keegan, refers to her.

Keegan has always been there for Emmett, from the day he broke down shortly after moving into his new home, missing his recently-departed father. And Emmett regularly uses his free time, which could be spent with Christine, to spend time with Keegan. And Keegan does notice.

And Keegan isn't the only who doesn't like "Chris-thing". Emmett's sassy, vindictive cat, George, also hates her with a fiery vengeance; pooping on any item that she leaves behind.

Everything finally comes to a head while Emmett and Keegan are trying out recipes from a family heirloom cookbook from Vinnie's mother. Queue squishy lube sounds and a girl screaming from shock in 3... 2... 1... GO!

The story was short and sweet, with very little angst, but I definitely felt the connection between Emmett and Keegan.

And after reading this book, I will NEVER, EVER, EVER make beet porridge in my own kitchen, thank you very much. ;- ) It did lead to some HOT, flip-floppy sex, but my anal-retentive (shut up) side kept screaming, "OMG, beet juice on white carpeting, white walls and white sheets???" hehe

4 *beet-stain-red* stars for this sweet and sexy read.

My ARC copy of the book was provided to me by the publisher for a fair, unbiased review.
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